The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 06, 1991, Page 8, Image 8

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    LSU postseason in jeopardy
Injured star could miss tournament
What looked to be a promising postsea
son for the LSU men’s basketball
game now hinges on the fractured leg
of Shaquille O’Neal.
O’Neal, the nation’s leading re
bounder, is out of this week’s South
eastern Conference tournament and
could even miss the NCAA tourna
ment if the injury fails to heal in time.
“The doctors feel it’s a situation
that will have to be re-evaluated next
week,” LSU assistant coach Craig
Carse said Tuesday. “He’s walking
on it, but it will be awhile before he
can run and do the other things. The
feeling is that this time next week,
they will rc-evalupte again, and we
believe it will be fine.
“W’e feel real good about the
Coach Dale Brown was unavail
able for comment Tuesday, but said
earlier, “If he has not healed 100
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If he has not healed
100 percent by NCAA
tournament time, he
will not play.
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percent by NCAA tournament time,
he will not play.”
The 7-foot-1 center, the SEC’s
player of the year, who averages 28.0
points, 14.5 rebounds and 5.1 blocked
shots per game, suffered a hairline
fracture of his left leg during LSU’s
game last Wednesday against Flor
Brown held O’Neal out of the
Tigers’ final regular-season game last
Saturday. O’Neal was be replaced by
7-0 sophomore Geert Hammick, who
had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his
first career start.
It was believed that O’Neal’s in
jury was a bruise and that he would
play in the SEC tournament. A fur
ther examination by an orthopedic
specialist. Monday found a hairline
fracture of the fibula near its juncture
with the knee.
“Those who saw the Florida game
saw he was limping real bad toward
the end of the game,” said Dr. J.
Thomas Kilroy, who diagnosed
O’Neal’s injury. “We examined the
area, and it was lender below the knee
joint on the fibula head. We later did
a bone scan of the area, and sure
enough, it was a hairline fracture of
the fibula head.”
The 16th-ranked Tigers (20-8) are
certain to be invited to play in the
NCAA tournament, even if they fal
ter in the SEC tournament.
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i off probation ... I patted myself on
the back,” Keller said.
Keller has turned around his swim
ming as well as his academics.
“I don’t understand it. I’m not
working half as hard this semester as
I did (as a freshman),” Keiler said.
With this sudden boost, Keller said
he wants to qualify for the NCAA
But Paine said Keller’s time off
last summer could make it difficult to
make NCAA qualifying times.
“It’s hard to say if he can get there
without that training,” Paine said. “One
thing I do know, Steve is the kind of
guy we build our programs around.
“He has that determination that we
just can’t teach. Who knows ... that
just may be good enough.”
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Men’s gymnastics: Coach
Francis Allen said practice went
hard Tuesday and will continue to
be difficult until Sunday’s match
against sixth-ranked Arizona State.
Freshman Sumner Darling is re
covering from an injured back, but
is expected to compete for the fourth
ranked Comhuskers against the Sun
Devils. Women’s swimming and
diving: Practice went well for the
Big Eight champions, Coach Ray
Huppert said. He said the Huskers
are just resting up for this week
end’s Husker Invitational. “We’re
trying to flush out all of our sore
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Eight’s swimming and diving squads
will be competing at this week
end’s three-day meet. Men’s ten
nis: Challenge matches continued
at Tuesday’s practice for the Husk
ers, Coach Kerry McDermott said.
After the challenges, Joey Salerno
moved ahead of Anthony Kotarae,
with Salerno and Kotarae switch
ing at No. 5 and 6 singles, McDer
mott said. Salerno is recovering
from a sore shoulder but will play
against Iowa this weekend.
— Jeff Singer
NU to play Arkansas
The 6-2 Nebraska baseball team,
after sweeping a three-game series
against Western Illinois Sunday and
Monday, will travel to Fayetteville,
Ark., for a doubleheader against
Arkansas today.
Arkansas is 12-3 and rated No. 8
by Collegiate Baseball,
“It will be a good early-season
test,” Coach John Sanders said. “It
will allow us to evaluate ourselves.”
Nebraska last played Arkansas in
1989, with Arkansas winning 4-1.
The two teams split a doubleheader
the year before.
Josh Bullock is scheduled to start
on the mound in the first game for
Nebraska. Bullock is 1-1 this year.
Sanders said he hadn’t decided on a
starter for the second game and plans
to use a split staff, giving many pitch
ers a chance to throw.
Seven Comhuskers are hitting over
.300, led by Gary Tackett at .429.
Shortstop Dale Hagy has two home
runs and 16 runs batted in.
— Nick Hvtrek
Rec Scoreboard
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Phi Gamma Delta B1 68. Chi Phi B2
48; Sigma Alpha Epsilon B2 47, Sigma
Nu B2 45; Delta Tau Delta B1 63, Sigma
Phi Epsilon B2 38, Phi Gamma Delta 32
49. AgMen 36
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SS Squad 67, Step Brothers 63, Law
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advances, Bug Eaters out on sportsman
ship; Cowboys 67, Lit Ed & t Cruisers 62;
The The 61, Cramdens 49; Lobos 55,
Blue Wave 45; The Law 62, The Strabes
44, NA4 56, Hammer Time 46; Young
Guns 77, Trousers 52; Bar Stools 58, Es
tablishment 48. Midnight Blue 51. Law I
40; Misfits 67, Bus Drivers-Sheets 57;
Falcons 52, Gravity Kings 46, Short-n
Sloppy 61, BC Boys 58 OT; Cather 7-lnd
51, The Nads 46.
Independent C
Squid Row 64, Bus Drivers-Arc 37;
Rag Attack by forfeit over Quack Attack;
Good Morticians 64, Army ROTC 46;
Phmetime 49, C&S Express 38; Jager
40, Backcourt Surfers 37; 4 Jerks & A
Squirt 44, Renegades 43 OT; Demolition
62, Gunners 56; HB 66. Tallboys 50;
Court Gnomes 56, Flintstones 45; S&D
51, Super Jocks 46; Bork Beards 50,
Lucky Draws 43; Muthas 42, Bums 29;
Strange Brew 56, Your Mama 53; Geems
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Syndkate 45; Swamp Rats 2 68, Rapidly
Aging Slow Guys 46.
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T3. Jody Robinson 42; T3. Deb Rovang
42; 5. Heidi Haeker 37.
Co-rec tree throws
1. Marie Srb, Joe Klopple 85; 2. Jane
Barelman, Cory Roth 62; 3 Gwyn
Vaughn, Pat Erb 60; 4. Deidre Goodsell,
John Muss 58, 5. Deb Rovang, Tim
Hoffman 56.
Indoor soccer
Fraternity B
Phi Kappa Psi 4, Beta Theta Pi B1 1;
Sigma Phi Epsilon 1, Kappa Sigma 0
Fraternity C
Alpha Tau Omega 3, Chi Phi C 0.
Residence/Independent A
NU Tennis 4, International Stars II 1;
Roscoe Rowders 6, FCA 1
Residence BC
EX-PTG 2 Scorpions 0; Oatmeal 3,
Fury 0.
Alpha Delta Pi 3, Phi Mu 1.
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